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HB 46-2010


Fire Safety in the Home — A guide to fire prevention and protection

This Handbook concentrates on fire safety issues in the home in which persons normally live and does not attempt to give guidelines on safety in unfamiliar buildings, although most of the recommendations made under the heading of ‘Special considerations for flats and units’ would apply. This Handbook provides information on first aid treatment for burns as this is considered to be of vital importance in reducing the effects of shock and initial infection.
Published: 19/03/2010
Pages: 31
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Table of contents
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Table of contents
About this publication
Case study
1 Introduction
A good friend but a bad enemy
Scale of the domestic fire problem
Types of residential homes and dwellings
2 Causes of fire in the home
3 Fire prevention—Managing the risk
Types of fires
Carry out regular fire safety checks of your own using the following as a guide:
4 Fire protection—Manually operated equipment
Types of manually operated (first aid) fire protection equipment
Fire blankets
Fire extinguishers—Portable
Fire hose reels
Knapsack pumps
5 Fire protection—Automatic systems
Automatic systems
Smoke alarms
Installing a smoke alarm
Wall-mounted smoke alarms
Dead airspace
Waking effectiveness of smoke alarms
Automatic fire sprinkler systems
Home fire sprinkler system myths and facts
6 Home escape plan
Residential dwellings excluding multi-unit dwellings
Home security versus fire safety—the conflict
Fire safety in multi-unit dwellings
Special considerations for flats and units
Special considerations for mobile homes, motor homes and caravans
7 Stop, drop and roll
Immediate action
First aid for burns
8 Bushfires
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
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